Theory and Practice of Disaster Management


Examines the impacts on the built environment of natural and human initiated disasters and conflicts. The theory, practice, ethics and social responsibility of disaster management is explored in the context of Construction Industry involvement. This is done through the investigation of the resilience of the built environment, consequences and activities during the immediate period after the occurrence of a disaster or conflict.


WebLearn GradSchool

  • Trimester 1 - 2016
  • Trimester 2 - 2016


  • Trimester 2 - 2016

Learning Outcomes

1. Critically evaluate the concept of disaster resilience in the context of the built environment

2. Effectively analyse the impact of disasters or conflicts on physical infrastructure and the built environment

3. Critically evaluate the principles and stages of disaster mitigation, response and reconstruction

4. Judiciously apply strategies within the built environment to reduce risk and mitigate against the effects of a disaster or conflict

5. Critically appraise the need to link reconstruction in the built environment to sustainable development of communities


  • Introduction: a global and local perspective on disasters
  • Understanding hazards, risks and vulnerability
  • The disaster management cycle
  • The concept of resilience in disaster management
  • Principles of disaster mitigation
  • Disaster planning: strategic and built environment preparedness
  • The post-disaster environment: emergency response and temporary arrangements.
  • Post-disaster reconstruction: the impact of disasters, assessment and decision making.
  • Post-disaster reconstruction: restoring physical assets.
  • Developing resilience in the built environment
  • Community consultation and participation in post-disaster reconstruction.
  • Reflections: drawing together the key themes of the course.

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Assignment 1 - Paper on Natural Disasters

Report: Report on Developing Resilience

Contact Hours

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Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

On-campus and Distance Learners will engage in online tutorials (wikis) for 12 weeks